Stalham High School uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. For optimal performance please accept cookies. For more information please visit our cookies policy.

Accept and close

Parents & Carers

Careers Advice

shutterstock_1156933444

Careers Policy >

Provider Access Policy >


Roles and Responsibilities

Careers and enterprise education, advice and guidance across Sheringham and Stalham High Schools are delivered by two fully qualified careers advisers, Tash Drury and Vaidehi Ranavaya who are employed by the school. They are supported by Jayne Melhuish, Deputy Headteacher for Support and Guidance. They ensure that all advice is independent and impartial and in the best interests of the young person.

  • Careers Leader: Jayne Melhuish
  • Careers Adviser at Sheringham Sixth Form: Vaidehi Ranavaya
  • Careers Advisers at Sheringham High School: Natasha Drury and Vaidehi Ranavaya.
  • Careers Adviser at Stalham High School: Vaidehi Ranavaya.


Rationale

In our schools, we work with students to help them gain an understanding of their needs, in terms of planning for any aspect of their future education, work or training, and ensuring their well-being in line with the personal development agenda. 

Their needs may span a wide range of issues from highly sensitive to more routine support.  For example, they may need information about selecting a post-16 destination, apprenticeship, or university place, support for planning a gap year, or advice about option choices at GCSE or A Level. Sixth Form students receive regular information from their tutors and via an assembly programme, about careers events, information on open days at university or anything relevant, to support them with making informed choices about their future.

When necessary, we also provide personal guidance on any aspect of personal development and crisis support, for example, to a young person who is at risk of becoming homeless, or who is dealing with a drug misuse problem.  We support all of our young people with their mental health, to help them to prepare for times when they might feel under pressure; for example, in the lead up to examinations and make referrals to outside agencies when necessary. We always ensure that all students are fully informed and included in any decisions or actions taken which may affect their well – being. We are fully aware of our obligations to safeguard our students and ensure that we follow our child protection procedures if there are concerns of a safeguarding nature.


Statutory Duties

Our Careers Policy states how the school meets its statutory duty issued under Section 45A of the Education Act 1997 by the Department of Education. Our policy also outlines our obligations to achieve the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Eight Benchmarks for developing and improving careers provision.  This is in line with the Government’s revised Statutory Guidance published in July 2021.  Our policy complies with the duty to ensure that there are opportunities for a range of providers to access our students in order to give them information about a wide range of choices available, including technical education and apprenticeships (Baker Clause).


The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our CEIAG programme is structured around the guidance given by the Gatsby Benchmarks
This constitutes a framework of 8 Guidelines (Benchmarks) that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable career programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Measuring the Impact of the Careers Programme

Stalham Destinations data
Y11 leavers 2021 Cohort 
Sheringham Destinations data
Y11 leavers 2021 Cohort 
  • Full time education - 94.20%
  • Apprenticeship - 2.90%
  • Unknown - 1.45%
  • NEET - 0%

For the full report click here >

  • Full time education - 94.17%
  • Apprenticeship - 4.17%
  • Unknown - 0%
  • NEET - 0%

For the full report click here >

Compass report – to follow

We are very keen to ensure that we deliver the best possible programme for our students and ensure that we evaluate our practice. In order to do this, we meet regularly to plan events and update resources as appropriate. We value the opinion of our students and those organisations who deliver workshops at our Careers Events and as such ask them to evaluate activities with which they are involved. Our students’ voice is key to our programme and they are asked after each careers appointment to complete a very brief questionnaire about their experience. Students are very positive about the programme and about advice they receive as evidenced by the individual responses to their evaluation sheets.  


Year 10 Students

Please see below some opportunities and updates.


One-to-one meeting
I have now started seeing Year 10s for a one-to-one careers meeting. Please remind students to check their emails to ensure they are informed of their appointment time. I will see students at least once in year 10 and at least once in year 11 - they can ofcourse ask to see me again if they wish. 
 

Post-16 Pack
Please see attached the Post 16 Careers Pack containing lots of useful information on pathways and resources - I encourage you to go through this with your student to start to explore different options and pathways after they leave school in year 11. This resource is excellent for coming back to at various points throughout the year. Students will be fully supported in their journey, transition and applications.
 

Regularly check emails
After their one-to-one meeting, all students will receive an individual personalised Careers Action Plan to be sent by email. Please ensure students are regularly checking emails as I book students for their meeting and inform them by email as well as sending out helpful opportunities, updates and their action plan. This is also good practice for their future when they will need to regularly check emails for employment and applications.
 

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
Please see attached a resource highlighting some excellent virtual work experience activities and talks happening soon. 


New Platform - InvestIn
We have partnered up with InvestIn to provide limited free places for their virtual weekend programmes for those who are eligible for their bursary. They offer a range of areas such as Medicine, Law, Architecture, Psychology, Video Game Design, Forensic Science and more. Places are limited so please get in touch if your student is eligible and if they are interested in one of their programmes.
 
https://investin.org/pages/bursaries
 

GCSE Maths and English - Grade 4
As a reminder, students will need to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths otherwise they will have to retake this after year 11 in college or during their apprenticeship. There may also be specific subject requirements. Students will be supported to apply for their first choice as well as a backup choice.
 

For your information - timeline of Y10 to Y11:
999999999.20220309115245525.999999999.20220309115245525PPVGb

Year 11 Students

Message from Miss Ranavaya

Students should now have made decisions for their next steps. I have seen students several times in the autumn term. I am also offering brief check ins for those who request it. 
 

Students need to regularly check emails
Please ensure students are regularly checking emails as I book students for their meeting and inform them by email as well as sending out helpful opportunities, updates and their action plan. Students need to ensure they check both their school and personal email so that they do not miss updates from colleges. 
 

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
Please see attached a resource highlighting some excellent virtual work experience activities and talks happening soon. 


New Platform - InvestIn
We have partnered up with InvestIn to provide limited free places for their virtual weekend programmes for those who are eligible for their bursary. They offer a range of areas such as Medicine, Law, Architecture, Psychology, Video Game Design, Forensic Science and more. Places are limited so please get in touch if your student is eligible and if they are interested in one of their programmes.
 
https://investin.org/pages/bursaries
 

GCSE Maths and English - Grade 4
As a reminder, students will need to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths otherwise they will have to retake this after year 11 in college or during their apprenticeship. There will also be specific subject requirements which students should be aware of. Students should already have a backup choice in place and after assessing mock grades, please ensure that the student is on target for their first choice. If a student requires further support, please let me know.
 

Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are advertised on Find An Apprenticeship website - they are advertised on an ongoing basis so checking from after Easter may be helpful. Alternatively, students may already have an employer in mind. I'm available to support Apprenticeship applications. Students will know how competitive they are and to ensure they have a backup option.
https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Students’ Entitlement

Our careers programme is intended to meet the needs of ALL students.  It is differentiated and personalised, to ensure progression and to strengthen students’ motivation and attainment at school.  We aim to: promote self-awareness, confidence and aspiration, to improve employment prospects, widen participation in Higher Education and to challenge stereotyping or discrimination by promoting equality and diversity of opportunity. 

Our careers programme is designed to ensure that students develop a plan of action for their future, based on:

  • An understanding of the changing Labour Market – meaningful information about what jobs are available, now and in the future, and on both a national and local level, and choices and qualifications required to get into those jobs
  • Knowledge of the study choices available to them, after Year 11 and Year 13, including: the full range of opportunities within Further and Higher Education and through apprenticeships/traineeships and technical education qualifications.
  • Practical encounters with employers through: attending talks, events and career fairs, visiting speakers, mentoring and enrichment activities
  • Experience of workplaces through: visits, volunteering, part-time jobs or work experience as and when a student specifically requests a Work Experience Placement
  • Career management skills and essential life and employability skills such as: how to manage finances, develop a CV, compete an application form or prepare for an interview
  • An appreciation of how what they are learning in their lessons in school is important and relates to the world of work
  • An understanding of themselves and their own interests, skills, likes and dislikes, talents and aspirations and how this affects the choices they make, in relation to future opportunities. This is achieved through: individual careers guidance and by providing tools and information for self-guided careers research.

Students will receive:

  • Careers-related lessons and activities which are both discrete and embedded within the curriculum. All subjects will incorporate transferable skills links to the world of work.
  • Guided time in Form to consider future education and career choices
  • Access to careers and labour market information resources via a range of media and delivery channels
  • One-to-one Career Guidance interviews providing impartial guidance from an advisor qualified to at least level 6 (degree level) and hold the Qualification in Career Development (QCD)
  • An individual personalised summary and Careers Action Plan with resources following the Careers Guidance meeting to take away with them
  • Support for decision making and deciding Post-16 options such as further education, apprenticeships or training.
  • A range of opportunities to meet employers and employees, inside and outside of the classroom, to develop an understanding of employment opportunities
  • A range of opportunities to meet further education and training providers and understand the full range of Post-16 pathways including apprenticeships, traineeships and further education.

Students can expect to be:

  • Treated equally with others
  • Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial
  • Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the Careers Programme
  • Given extra help if they have additional / special needs

For students, please see attached the Post-16 Careers Pack for guidance, information and career resources >

 

Linking Curriculum to Careers (Gatsby Benchmark 4)

Careers and enterprise education is part of, and included in all students’ standard lessons, linking curriculum to real world career paths as well as local Labour Market Information.

Teachers are informed of, and involved with, the planning of the careers programme through INSET sessions.  They include links to careers in their Schemes of Work and refer to transferable skills throughout lessons by using the Building Learning Power / Growth Mindset principles, which are:

Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reciprocity and Reflectiveness.

Some children may already have a career path in mind and may be preparing for the transition from school to Further or Higher Education, or employment with training.  Alternatively, perhaps they are still a little unsure of which direction they want to take. Parents and carers are more than welcome to contact the school and make an appointment with one of the Careers Advisers in order to provide more support and to help the young person to make an informed choice about his / her future. We recommend that parents encourage their children to explore all options so that they can be confident they are making an informed choice that is right for THEM.   We do our best to encourage all of our students to discuss the choices they make with parents/carers.  However, any parent who would like to contact an adviser for further advice or support for their child is very welcome to make contact.

Subject downloads. Click subject name to view.

Art Textiles Photography

History
Business Modern Foreign Languages
Criminology Music
Design Technology Philosophy and Ethics
Drama Physical Education
English Science
Geography Sociology

 

 

Personal Guidance (Gatsby Benchmark 8)

Personal Guidance is a one-to-one careers guidance meeting between the student and a qualified careers advisor. Students in year 10 are offered at least one meeting and students in year 11 are offered another meeting. Students with additional needs and support are seen several times. Students are seen by Level 6 and 7 (Degree and Masters level) Careers Advisors to fulfil Gatsby Benchmark 8.

Students will receive a personalised Careers Action Plan with a summary and useful websites. Please see the template for further information on what to expect >

Evaluation and monitoring: We ask students how clear they feel about their future plans and how clear they feel about next steps. This is monitored through year 10 and 11 to see their journey, build their confidence and evaluate personal guidance.

Information for Employers/Providers

We are eager to engage with employers / providers to ensure our careers programme has maximum impact in preparing our students for the world of work.  

Please see our statement on Provider Access for Careers Advice and Guidance (Baker Clause)

This policy statement sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at Sheringham High School (and Sixth form) and Stalham High School, for the purposes of giving them information about the Provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the schools’ legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

If you are interested in participating in any of our events, do not hesitate to contact:

Careers Programme (Gatsby Benchmark 1)

Below is our intended Careers Programme which outlines some of the work we undertake throughout the year and how it maps to the Gatsby Benchmarks. It is important to note that this programme is subject to change, particularly during the pandemic.

Our schools take every opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of career opportunities by supporting national initiatives, such as Careers Week via the assembly programme accompanied by relevant materials. We ensure that all curriculum areas enhance careers education by delivering core skills such as problem solving, communicating effectively, working collaboratively and independently throughout their schemes of work. Students and parents have been, and will continue to be informed about relevant, age appropriate virtual careers materials, events and labour market information and opportunities.


Stalham High School

Year 7 receive an assembly which focuses on an introduction to the world of work. They are given information about different websites that help them to explore careers via a variety of websites. Gatsby benchmarks 1 & 3.

Year 8 students attend an assembly which outlines the option choices available to them at GCSE.  They are encouraged to do some independent research before making their choices so that they have an awareness of which subjects they need to study if they have a particular career pathway in mind. They also have the opportunity to meet with a careers adviser to discuss options and possible career pathways.  Students study a unit of work in Society and Ethics which allows them to explore in more detail the variety of job opportunities and qualifications needed to move on to the next stage of their education or training. COVID permitting, students participate in a number of activities both inside and out of school which enable them to develop their understanding of the world of work and career opportunities. Gatsby benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

Year 9 students are encouraged to enhance their understanding of the world of work in an assembly which has post 16 choices as its main focus. During this assembly students are made aware of the variety of opportunities there are locally but also further afield.  In Year 9 all students attend a Careers Fair held at the school. We invite prospective employers and post 16 providers to our careers fair. Students are prepared in advance. They are given information about each institution and then make guided choices to spend some time within a small group with each organisation. Students are encouraged to make appointments with the careers adviser to follow up any queries they have as a result of this event. Gatsby benchmarks 1 to 8.

Year 10 students are given an individual career appointment which is organised for them during the spring and summer terms. They are supported to explore their interests and receive a written action plan to take home and discuss with their parents / carers who are also given the option of contacting the careers adviser for more information. In the summer term all students have the opportunity to visit a post 16 provider such as East Norfolk Sixth Form or East Coast College. We also organise an employability day during which students are required to attend an interview with a prospective employer. They are prepared for this event and have to prepare a CV, giving brief information about themselves.  Gatsby benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Year 11 students are given additional individual careers appointments as required to support them to make their applications to post 16 providers. They are encouraged to attend open evenings at local colleges. Students are also given assemblies each week in the autumn term from training providers to learn about post 16 options. These include an introduction to HelpYouChoose and assemblies from Paston College, City College Norwich, Easton College, East Coast College, East Norfolk Sixth Form, UTCN, Sir Isaac Newton/Jane Austen College, Sheringham Sixth Form and ASK Apprenticeships. Students are further supported after their applications through individual career meetings for interview support, preparing for next steps, CV support and time management skills. Targeted support is provided for those interested in apprenticeships. Gatsby Benchmarks 1 to 8.


Sheringham High School & Sixth Form

Year 7 receive an assembly which focuses on an introduction to the world of work. They are given information about different websites that help them to explore careers via a variety of websites. Gatsby benchmarks 1 & 3.

Year 8 students attend an assembly which outlines the option choices available to them at GCSE.  They are encouraged to do some independent research before making their choices so that they have an awareness of which subjects they need to study if they have a particular career pathway in mind. They also have the opportunity to meet with a careers adviser to discuss options and possible career pathways.  Students study a unit of work in Philosophy and Ethics / Society and Ethics which allows them to explore in more detail the variety of job opportunities and qualifications needed to move on to the next stage of their education or training. COVID permitting, students participate in a number of activities both inside and out of school which enable them to develop their understanding of the world of work and career opportunities. Gatsby benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

Year 9 students are encouraged to enhance their understanding of the world of work in an assembly which has post 16 choices as its main focus. During this assembly students are made aware of the variety of opportunities there are locally but also further afield.  In Year 9 all students attend a Careers Fair held at the school. We invite prospective employers and post 16 providers to our careers fair. Students are prepared in advance. They are given information about each institution and then make guided choices to spend some time within a small group with each organisation. Students are encouraged to make appointments with the careers adviser to follow up any queries they have as a result of this event. Gatsby benchmarks 1 to 8.

Year 10 students are given an individual career appointment which is organised for them during the spring and summer terms. They are supported to explore their interests and receive a written action plan to take home and discuss with their parents / carers who are also given the option of contacting the careers adviser for more information. In the summer term all students visit a post 16 provider such as Easton / City College and many visit UEA. We also organise an employability day during which students are required to attend an interview with a prospective employer. They are prepared for this event and have to prepare a CV, giving brief information about themselves.  Gatsby benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Year 11 students are given additional individual careers appointments as required to support them to make their applications to post 16 providers. They are encouraged to attend open evenings at local colleges as well as the School’s own post 16 events. The Head of Sixth Form organises an assembly to give them the necessary information about the event and they and their parents are invited to attend. In November, they have the opportunity to attend “taster sessions” of Sixth Form lessons at Sheringham. Gatsby Benchmarks 1 to 8.

Sixth form students are given a range of careers activities, assemblies, workshops, tutorials, SMSC days, Futures Day and trips throughout their time in the sixth form. All students are regularly mentored through the tutorial programme. All students further have access and opportunity to have a one-to-one, impartial careers meeting with a qualified careers advisor in year 12 and year 13 which is booked and timetabled. All students are provided the opportunity to research and learn about a range of pathways after sixth form such as apprenticeships, higher education, employment or gap year.

A further detailed careers programme for the sixth form can be found on the sixth form website and as attached. Gatsby Benchmarks 1 to 8.

 


Post 16 and General Careers Advice Websites:

https://helpyouchoose.org/content/ - Norfolk County Council’s comprehensive site for Post-16 Choices and Applications for College and Sixth Forms

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ - Government website with job profiles, information and skills assessment

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ - general careers information and advice about pathways leading from particular degree courses

https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/ - Russell Group information to inform A level choices for particular degrees/career paths

www.icould.com – inspiring careers-related videos and the Buzz Test to explore your own career-related aptitudes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers - careers information, news and videos from the BBC

https://barclayslifeskills.com/young-people/ - advice and employability skills

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/

https://worldskills.org/skills/ - maps your skills and talents to career areas

https://www.e4s.co.uk/ – Employment for students – part-time, holiday jobs, internships, gap years

https://successatschool.org/  - general information about career areas including work experience and support for producing CVs or preparing for interviews


Apprenticeships:

www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org - Lots of information for prospective apprentices, employers and parents. 

www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk – Government National Apprenticeship Website – find and apply for apprenticeships

www.amazingapprenticeships.com – information and guidance for student and parents and links to live vacancies and national schemes

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ - advice and vacancies for all alternatives to going to university including apprenticeships, employment, gap years

Sheringham HS_ (29)


University:

https://www.ucas.com/ - centralised admission system for university and key advice about uni and degree-level apprenticeships

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/university-life - Articles and support on all aspects of university

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/ - tool for comparing university courses based on grades and league tables

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/ - advice on how to choose a course and a university

https://www.whatuni.com/ - tool for finding courses and ranking and shortlisting choices

https://discoveruni.gov.uk/ - statistics and official information about university courses and graduate destinations

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings - The Complete University Guide League Table

https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2021/sep/11/the-best-uk-universities-2022-rankings - The Guardian League Table

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/alternatives-to-university - Alternatives to university


Key Labour Market Information:

https://www.icanbea.org.uk – explores potential career opportunities across Norfolk & Suffolk

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ - information about the 350 job roles available in the NHS – the UK’s largest Employer

https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/ - information about Civil Service jobs across all departments including military – also a key Employer

https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/careers-at-the-fair/ - digital careers fair for STEM careers

https://discovercreative.careers/ - one-stop shop for ideas of careers in the creative industries


Gap Year

https://www.goabroad.com/articles/gap-year/plan-my-gap-year - Planning a gap year

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year/7-steps-to-the-ultimate-gap-year - Planning a gap year

https://brightknowledge.org/education/gap-years-pros-and-cons - Pros and Cons of a gap year

https://www.thecareerbreaksite.com/blog/how-to-avoid-bad-gap-year-companies - Avoiding bad gap year companies

https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/gap-year/gap-years-ideas-and-things-think-about - Gap Year Ideas from UCAS

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year/gap-year-opportunities - Opportunities for Gap Year

https://www.independent.co.uk/student/gap-year/gap-year-ultimate-listings-guide-8106456.html - Ultimate Listings of organisations

https://yearoutgroup.org/ - Gap year travel inspiration and advice

https://www.bunac.org/ - Ideas for gap year adventures

https://www.gap360.com/ - ideas for gap Year adventures

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.